Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2017


Consolidation in the medical device space

Medtronic touts Solitaire stent retriever data

M&A deals in the continue unabated in medtech. Medtronic, for example, recently came to an agreement with Cardinal Health on a portion of Medtronic’s patient monitoring and recovery business. Cardinal Health will pay $6.1 billion in cash, confirming months of speculation that the world’s largest medical device maker was looking to slim down.

Becton Dickinson meanwhile plans a $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard.

With a shrinking customer base of OEMs, contract manufacturers are also merging to add capabilities and stay competitive. For example, private equity giant Kohlberg & Co. recently bought specialty plastics manufacturer Pexco and merged it with its PPC Industries holding to create Spectrum Plastics Group.


DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

textadimage Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm.

From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in their own right.

Read on to discover five example of medical device expertise to be had at DeviceTalks West, which runs Dec. 11–12 in Orange County, Calif.

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